(ABOVE VIDEO) Friday’s Civil Defense message with video filmed Thursday courtesy the County of Hawaii.
- The lava flow front remains stalled 480 feet from the Pahoa Village Road with very little activity and has not advanced over the past week. The flow pad continues to show signs of inflation which could result in breakouts and more activity, civil defense warns.
- Although current flow activity has decreased, the evacuation advisory for those residents down slope of the flow will continue.
This morning’s assessment shows that the flow front remains stalled with very little activity and has not advanced over the past week. The flow pad continues to show signs of inflation which could result in breakouts and more activity. The front remains approximately 480 feet from the Pahoa Village Road. The upslope breakouts remain approximately .7 to 1.5 miles above the Apa’a Street area and along the north side of the flow and moving in a north/northeast direction. Active burning along the flow edges in the areas of the cemetery and above the transfer station continues and limited to the vegetation in contact with the flow. The smoke from the active burning may be visible throughout the day however there is no brush fire threat at this time.
Smoke conditions are light with variable winds winds. Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and residents down wind that may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors.
Although current flow activity has decreased, the evacuation advisory for those residents down slope of the flow will continue and residents will be kept informed of the flow status and advancement.
The Pahoa Village Road between Apa’a Street and the Post Office Road will remain closed and limited to area residents only. In addition, Civil Defense and public safety personnel will be operating in the area round the clock to maintain close observations of flow activity. Additional updates will be broadcasted as conditions change. Hawaii County Civil Defense on Nov. 7 at 8 a.m. HST
As of Wednesday morning, the leading edge of the June 27 lava flow had not advanced beyond where it stalled on October 30. Localized breakouts of lava continued upslope of the stalled leading edge of the flow, and the flow continued to inflate. Breakouts were observed by HVO scientists and a County Civil Defense overflight to be active 500-600 m (550-660 yards) above the stalled flow front and in several locations above Apaʻa Street. Only very minor inflationary tilt occurred at Kīlauea’s summit, and the level of the summit lava lake at Halemaʻumaʻu Crater was similar to the previous day.
June 27th Lava Flow Observations: HVO scientists were on the ground monitoring the progress of the lava flow on Thursday. The leading tip of the flow had not advanced beyond where it stalled on October 30, in a residential area approximately 155 meters (170 yards) above Pāhoa Village Road. Active breakouts persisted in areas upslope of the leading edge and from lobes along the flow margins, and the interior of the flow continued to inflate. In places, the thickness of the flow had roughly doubled over the previous five days, and breakouts were observed from inflated ridges. Breakouts were observed 500-600 m (550-660 yards) above the stalled flow front (near Pāhoa Cemetery), and a breakout ~300 m (330 yards) above the transfer station was burning vegetation and had advanced less than 75 m (82 yards) from the previous day. A County Civil Defense overflight on Friday morning observed continued breakout activity approximately 1.1 km (0.7 miles) to 2.5 km (1.5 miles) above Apaʻa Street.
Puʻu ʻŌʻō Observations: Thermal imagery detected no significant changes in the crater of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Seismic tremor continued at low and relatively steady amplitudes, and a few small earthquakes were located in the vicinity of Puʻu ʻŌʻō and along the East Rift Zone. The most recent sulfur-dioxide emission-rate measurement for the East Rift Zone was 320 tonnes per day (from all sources) on October 31, 2014. The tiltmeter nearest Puʻu ʻŌʻō is undergoing maintenance and is currently offline but the GPS-measured length across the cone has not changed significantly since July.
Summit Observations: Very minor inflationary tilt continued at Kīlauea’s summit. Several small earthquakes were located beneath the summit, and volcanic tremor persisted at a low and fluctuating amplitudes. Web cam images show only minor fluctuations in the level of the lava lake in the Overlook vent. On Thursday, Nov 6 at ~0840h, the lava lake’s surface was measured to be 56 m (61 yards) below the vent rim. Small amounts of particulate material were carried aloft by the plume. Summit emissions of sulfur dioxide ranged from 3,400 to 6,400 tonnes/day (see caveat below) through the week-long period ending November 4, 2014. USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Nov. 7 at 8:30 a.m. HST